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“This was the first Terry Pratchett book I read... avidly... unable to stop... unable to stop laughing. While reading it I forgot to leave the train I was in... when I finally stop laughing long enough to look out the window I realized I was about an hour away from my intended destination.”see full review » see other reviews »
“Good - never thought I could laugh at death.”P HAMILTON wrote this review 7 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great book that explores the role of music in the Discworld.This book had a mixture of a dwarf,a troll,humans etc.I enjoyed how the writer explored how the various groups interact and try to get on despite cultural differences.I believe Pratchett was in a way trying to make a point about multicuturalism in the real world.As usual there is a good mix of comedy and drama.”Rower wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A great funny novel (as all the Disc World books are)
This story is about Susan learning about who she is and what she can do.
Death has started to ponder it all (again) and Susan must keep things moving forward. She has to learn a lot about herself and how the world works to make sure that the status quo stays the status quo. Music has a different idea and is fighting to change things.”
“I am reviewing the novel Soul Music by Terry Pratchett which is a very good comedic fantasy book which I bought from a car boot sale. This book which is part of the discworld series is a parody of pop music. Discworld is a kind of alternate reality populated by people but also entities like vampires, trolls and zombies and nothing ever makes sense which is where a lot of the humor in these books comes from. The world is also a disc rather than a planet hence presumably the name. Anyway the story to this book is a young lady inherits a second hand musical instrument shop from her grandfather when he dies and quits her job as a teacher and becomes a pop star. There is a lot of humor like when the string breaks on a guitar the musician is told that is one less string you don't know how to play which can only be a good thing. The music shop is in Llamados famous for its rain exports which they have rain mines for. Anyway she doesn't demand a load of money at the last minute to perform avoiding a riot so she is popular with the venues. She travels to Ankh Morporkh the capital to cash in on her success but death is hot on her heels and is determined to put an end to this revival. There is a happy ending and as Terry puts it music will never die. There isn't a brilliant story to this book but plenty of humor. I did really enjoy reading it however and did burst out laughing at some of the humor. ”david roberts wrote this review Tuesday, October 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Awesome! Lots of pop-culture references about rock music (Elvis, Def Lepard, Rolling Stone, Michael Jackson, Lead Zepplin)... It took me FOREVER to get the Elvis joke. ]_[
Anyway, it was a fun book. Death attempts to forget. Susan learns about her heritage and takes a swing at it, a band starts up Music with Rocks In and the wizards go crazy over it. Ultimately, however, we realize that the important part is the musician, the trying, the failing and the creating - not the instrument he plays or the Duty he must attend to.”
“I haven't read a Discworld novel in years, but I thoroughly enjoyed getting back into Pratchett's quirky and strange fantasy. Filled with puns and musical humor, SOUL MUSIC is a good choice for people who are already familiar with the Discworld or for first-time readers.”Justin J wrote this review Sunday, August 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Possibly one of the greatest book I've read, would have to reread to confirm that. Either way this book is fantastic! You need to have read Mort or Reaper-Man to understand the storyline.
Incredible fantasy by and incredible mind.”
“funny. music references. light reading.”Amy Cockram wrote this review Wednesday, April 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Terry Pratchett brings hilarity to another aspect of life as we know it, in the non-Discworld world. This story is about music and how "Music with Rocks In" changes people's lives. I really enjoyed how this tale that recalls the start of rock music is applied to the crazy world of Ankh Morpork and its surrounding cities, villages and towns. Buddy, a human, finds a guitar in an old music shop and becomes their version of Elvis. The guitar is imbued with some type of life and plays the most amazing tunes. Only Buddy can play it. His other band mates, a dwarf, and a troll, play rocks (or drums) and a horn. They become a band and start playing in a few bars. It reminds me of the early days of The Beatles. One of the side stories is of Susan, who is DEATH's granddaughter. She winds up picking up the family business, because her grandfather is taking some time off. Susan winds up intertwined in the lives of the band, because she thinks its stupid that people just die whenever the sand runs out on their life timers. Everything winds up for the best at the end, with DEATH going back to work, Susan going back to school and the music world going back to whatever it was that it was before the story began. Although, I think some of the music with rocks might stick around for a bit.”Ron Arden wrote this review Monday, March 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I always love the books where Death takes a front-and-center role, and "Soul Music" was no exception. It was very entertaining and hilarious as Pratchett took me on a trip of the origin of Music With Rocks In It and all that jazz, err, rock and roll.
We follow Imp y Celyn (a.k.a. Buddy Holly) as he gets possessed by the music, and his band gets swept up in their newly-found stardom. At the same time, Death gets fed up with his job and tries to forget it, but barely succeeds in getting drunk. In his place, his granddaughter Susan has to fill in, with varying results.”